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Purikura: Photo booth fun in Japan

No one quite does cute like Japan. 
 
And what could be cuter than a sticker sheet of your own face? 
 
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What is the best transport pass in Japan?

One of the great dilemmas all foreigners face in traveling to Japan is the cost of transportation. With a one-way train ticket from Tokyo to Kyoto...

Photos: Tsuruoka City

Things to Do in Tsuruoka City

Designated a UNESCO Creative City of Gastronomy in 2014, Tsuruoka can be proud of having a diverse food culture thanks to the blessings of an...

Exploring 3 Okinawa islands in 3 days with $300

I departed on a Sunday morning in May from Okinawa’s Tomari Port (see sidebar below), which was crowded with tourists of...

With its visually appealing interior and engaging exhibit, the Yebisu Museum of Beer is a worthy excursion for both beer devotees and casual beer consumers looking for an offbeat activity in the heart of Tokyo. KAT BOUZA/STARS AND STRIPES

Have a pint (or two) while exploring the history of an iconic Tokyo brand at the Museum of Yebisu Beer

Tokyo is home to several world-class museums, displaying everything from Japanese artifacts to contemporary anime-inspired art pieces. One unique...

Hey! Make Japan travel easy with PASMO and SUICA cards!

When traveling within mainland Japan, the two most common transportation cards are PASMO and SUICA. Both cards allow you to use most of the...

Taking a train in Japan: A base-by-base breakdown

Unless you are on Okinawa, you’ll likely find the U.S. military base you are assigned to in Japan is somewhat out of the way of the big-city...
Photos courtesy of Suo-Oshima town

Suo-Oshima: A beautiful island off Iwakuni

Suo-Oshima, aka Yashima Island, near MCAS Iwakuni, is a popular tourist attraction in the Setouchi (inland sea) region of Japan where you can...
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How to create a captivating travel journal

Recording trips these days are often done through a smartphone. Your plane ticket, maps, pictures, down to your itineraries are kept in digital...
Two Air Force C-130J Super Hercules fly over Yamanashi prefecture, Japan, after conducting airdrop training missions, March 26, 2018.  YASUO OSAKABE/U.S. AIR FORCE;

As another Mount Fuji climbing season ends, iconic peak’s military connections stand firm

Halfway to the sixth station of Mount Fuji’s Subashiri trail, artillery shells could be heard exploding Monday from a Japanese Ground Self-Defense...

Photos by Takahiro Takiguchi

Take a tasty tour of Japan's Namamugi’s Kirin Factory

Much like in America, beer is the most popular alcoholic beverage in Japan. Whether it’s a BBQ, family gathering or just a good ol’ party, there’s...

6 tips to travel green

It may be hard to “go green,” especially when traveling. However, imagine how much cleaner your favorite major city maybe if there wasn’t...

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